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A small carnivorous theropod dinosaur of the genus Coelophysis of the Triassic Period, having a long neck and tail and an elongated snout.

[New Latin Coelophysis, genus name : Greek koilos, hollow; see keuə- in Indo-European roots + Greek phusis, form; see bheuə- in Indo-European roots.]
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Noun1.coelophysis - one of the oldest known dinosaurscoelophysis - one of the oldest known dinosaurs; late Triassic; cannibalistic
genus Ceratosaurus - primitive saurischian carnivorous dinosaurs
ceratosaur, ceratosaurus - primitive medium-sized theropod; swift-running bipedal carnivorous dinosaur having grasping hands with sharp claws and a short horn between the nostrils; Jurassic in North America
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It is related to Coelophysis which lived approximately 203 to 196 million years ago in what is now the southwestern part of the United States of America.
And lastly, I would NOT make friends with a T-Rex and a Coelophysis dinosaur because they are scary and mean.
Though some dinosaurs, such as a theropod called Coelophysis (D), did live in the late Triassic, they did not rule the landscape, Existing non-dinos included large armored herbivores called aetosaurs (C and E), mammal-like reptiles known as dicynodonts (A), land-dwelling ancestors of today's crocodiles (B), salamander-like amphibians (G) and other aquatic predators (F and H).
In addition to the mastodon, other 'residents' of the gallery will include Coelophysis, Phytosaur, Camarasaurus, Seymouria, Triassic specimens, Parasaurolophus T-Rex and Platybeladon.
Coelophysis and Syntarsus, had more bite power in the back of the mouth, but were weak, fast biters with their front teeth and Ostrich-like dinosaurs such as the Velociraptor possessed weak but devastatingly speedy bites, according to study author Manabu Sakamoto.
We used to think Coelophysis (SEE-luff-EYE-sis) ate its own young, but now we don't.
It's hard to tell from footprints exactly what it was, but it was similar to a Coelophysis, a small meat-eater common in the Triassic period.
The ilium of the Tucumcari-area find is significantly larger than an ilium from an average-size coelophysis, New Mexico's state dinosaur, and the shape is quite different, Hungerbuehler said.
Okay, maybe it's not likely that Coelophysis could really learn to play the piano.
It would have looked very much like a dinosaur called Coelophysis.
Only one other dinosaur, the small Triassic theropod Coelophysis bauri, has been suspected of cannibalism.
The world's smallest dinosaur trackway was fashioned by the feet of a juvenile Coelophysis sp.